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‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Director John Madden to Head Mumbai Film Fest Jury

The festival lineup includes Cannes winners ‘The Square’, Russian drama ‘Loveless’ and will open with acclaimed Indian helmer Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Mukkabaaz.’

British director John Madden, whose credits include cross-over hits The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will head up this year’s international jury at the Mumbai Film Festival.

Madden, who received an Oscar nomination for best director for his helming of 1998 best picture winner Shakespeare in Love, recently directed the political thriller Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain.

Joining Madden on the Mumbai jury are Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (Silver Light), Chinese-American actress Celina Jade (Wolf Warriors 2), Indian actress-director Konkona Sensharma (Death in the Gunj) and Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre (The Summit).

The festival will open with acclaimed Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s boxing drama Mukkabaaz (The Brawler) which just premiered at Toronto. The closing film will be announced at a later date.

The international competition section, which features films from first-time directors, includes U.S documentary Quest by Jonathan Olshefski, Apostasy by Daniel Kokotajli (UK), Bad Lucky Goat by Samir Oliveros (Colombia), I Am Not A Witch by Rungano Nyoni (UK-France), Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) by Leonor Seraille (France), More (Daha) by Onur Saylak (Turkey), Most Beautiful Island by Ana Asensio (US-Spain), Oh! Lucy by Atsuko Hirayanagi (US-Japan), Oblivion Verses by Alireza Khatami (France/Germany/Netherlands/Chile), Scary Mother by Ana Urushadze (Georgia/Estonia), Summer 1993 by Carla Simon (Spain) and The Wound by John Trengove (South Africa).

The festival’s world cinema showcase section includes the likes of The Square, by Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund starring Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Russian drama Loveless by…

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